40 posts about Poetry on this blog
Thursday 19 April 2012, 16:04
Welsh spoken word artist Mab Jones has been named as the first ever poet in residence at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire.
The garden first became aware of Mab's poetry after she penned a poem about one of their more unusual plants, the Chilean Puya - or...
Tuesday 28 February 2012, 12:48
The radio series Poetry Workshop explores the pleasures of both writing and reading poems. In each episode poet Ruth Padel leads a workshop with a group of...
Friday 10 February 2012, 16:00
Carol Ann Duffy and the Welsh poet and translator Elin ap Hywel are to judge the entries submitted to a bilingual poetry completion on the theme of climate change.
The contest is being organised by the energy charity Awel Aman Tawe, the body behind the development of a community wind farm on Mynydd...
Friday 27 January 2012, 15:34
Welsh poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch has taken up a new post as artist in residence at the National Wool Museum in Dre-fach Felindre.
The artist in residence post is a result of funding awarded by the Leverhulme Trust, which makes awards for the support of...
Wednesday 28 December 2011, 10:40
Award-winning poet and playwright Menna Elfyn and artist and writer Iwan Bala have teamed up for a thought-provoking new exhibition at the Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen.
This creative dialogue is the product of conversations and ideas the...
Friday 9 December 2011, 10:45
National poet of Wales Gillian Clarke has written a new poem to mark the opening of the new Gwent Archives office in Ebbw Vale.
Clarke's sonnet is entitled Archive and is written in both Welsh and English. Excerpts of the poem have been incorporated into the design of the façade of the building, which...
Wednesday 5 October 2011, 13:41
Thursday 6 October marks National Poetry Day in the UK, and there are a number of events taking place in Wales that you can get involved with.
The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea are staging a free event, Song For A Raggy Boy - a celebration of the life and work of Patrick Galvin. One of Ireland's most...
Tuesday 14 December 2010, 16:51
Home soon! No more gigs, no travelling, no going anywhere before Twelfth Night. There's work to do, poems to write, competitions to judge, manuscripts to read, correspondence to catch up with, but it can all be done at home at the table in the glass-walled room from where I can see miles of Ceredigion...
Monday 29 November 2010, 12:19
Saturday 27 November
Y Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Another veil of snow, and all has turned to ice. It's very, very cold. People phone: 'Is the reading still on? Are you going?' Of course! Try and stop me.
The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is on the train from Manchester. The coldest...
Monday 29 November 2010, 09:48
Friday 26 November
Snow! Just a veil in Ceredigion as we set off for Carmarthen, a completely white world as I write at Blaen Cwrt on Friday morning. Serious snow, crisp and deep and even.
Though only November, it's very cold. For me and Menna Elfyn, sharing the stage tonight, it's just 10 days and...
Monday 22 November 2010, 14:51
Between reading with Paul Henry at the Wyeside, Builth, and my gig with Menna Elfyn at Trinity, Carmarthen next week, I fly to India for the Hay Kerala Festival.
We pass over Mosul, Baghdad, Basra. I disobey the air hostess and lift my blind. I want to see the world, snow-capped mountains south of Turkey...
Friday 12 November 2010, 15:35
This weekend some of Wales' most prominent poetic voices can be heard at a literary festival a little further afield, as India hosts the first Hay Festival Kerala.
Monday 1 November 2010, 14:35
A short while ago, resident BBC Wales Music blogger Adam Walton was raving about the theAbsurd Festival, which is being held at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. As a Mold native, Adam's normal exuberance for new Welsh music seems to have magnified as he's able to celebrate a festival full of it in his former hometown...
Tuesday 26 October 2010, 13:14
A poet's life is never dull. Tuesday 19th October and I'll be in Betws-y-Coed with Ifor ap Glyn. He is a good poet, and very entertaining - but will anybody come to the gig?
The drive north from Ceredigion is glorious. Vast rain-clouds peel off the Irish Sea, sweeping east and leaving a clear blue sky...
Monday 18 October 2010, 17:15
Tour of the troubadours! The phrase has a Medieval ring that gives me a little romantic kick, though my horse is a car and the old cart tracks are the A-roads and M4 that take me criss-crossing my country over the borders of language.
I'm leaving home a few days at a time, gigging with some of my favourite...
Thursday 7 October 2010, 08:00
Today marks National Poetry Day across the UK, and there are a number of different events planned to mark the day across Wales.
Take a look at the list on the National Poetry Day website, see our pick of events below and let us know if you intend to mark the day - and what you'll be doing.
Tuesday 29 June 2010, 17:40
National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke has a written a new poem to mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Bells colliery disaster.
Monday 28 June marked 50 years since the explosion at the Arael Griffin pit at the Six Bells Colliery that killed 45 men.
Photograph of Gillian Clarke © Academi / Owain Llyr...
Tuesday 20 April 2010, 12:50
National poet of Wales Gillian Clarke has written a sonnet entitled Blue Sky Thinking, inspired by the recent ban on air travel in the UK due to the volcanic ash cloud emitted by Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Listen to a clip on the BBC Wales News website in which she recites the sonnet and tells...
Wednesday 10 February 2010, 11:58
As Valentines Day approaches, research staff at Aberystwyth University are putting love poetry to the test - to see if reading verse causes blushes or a fevered brow.
University researchers are using state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras to record the faces of volunteers reading love poems, to establish...
Tuesday 19 January 2010, 15:55Philip Gross, a professor of creative writing at the University of Glamorgan, has won the 2009 TS Eliot Poetry Prize for his collection The Water Table.
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